It's getting close, that time when I have to officially proclaim that I've done everything I can to make a manuscript into a book. I have to turn it over to editors and typesetters and publishers, who will lay it before the world and ask that someone plunk down hard-earned (or even inherited) money for it. But what if there's a mistake?

Saying you're finished with a book is a little like saying you're done raising a child. You are judged by what the public sees, and you can't go back and change anything. If there are flaws, they'll be commented upon, laughed at, possibly held against you forever. I know, because I've consigned lots of authors to my "never again" list based on a single novel. Maybe I should have been more forgiving. And maybe I should read that MS one more time before I send it off.

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